Public Services Card

UN expert raises concerns over Public Services Card

The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns with the Irish Government over the impact of the Public Services Card (PSC) on the rights of welfare recipients.

Published 22 April 2020

Department lodges formal appeal against Public Services Card enforcement notice

The Department of Social Protection has formally appealed against the enforcement measures launched by the Data Protection Commission over the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme.

Published 7 January 2020

Civil liberties group hits out at 'illegal' use of PSC in childcare scheme

The requirement to hold a Public Services Card (PSC) in order to apply for the National Childcare Scheme is illegal, highly discriminatory and will violate the privacy rights of people living in poverty, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has warned.

Published 20 November 2019

Rights group plans Ireland's first 'mass action' legal campaign over Public Services Card

A civil liberties group has announced plans to submit a legal complaint over the Public Services Card (PSC) on behalf of more than 1,000 people.

Published 26 September 2019

Civil liberties group reiterates call for Government to scrap PSC roll-out

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has reiterated its call for the Government to comply with the legal directions of the Data Protection Commission (DPC) on the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme.

Published 19 September 2019

Data protection watchdog to bring enforcement proceedings over Public Services Card scheme

The Data Protection Commission is planning to launch enforcement proceedings against the Department of Social Protection in relation to the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme, according to reports.

Published 18 September 2019

International privacy experts condemn Irish Government's handling of PSC concerns

Privacy experts from the US, India and Kenya have sharply criticised the Irish Government's handling of privacy concerns over the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme.

Published 4 September 2019

Government planning to bring data protection watchdog to court to allow PSC scheme to continue

The Government is considering plans to bring the Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, to court in order to pave the way for its continued use of the controversial Public Services Card (PSC), according to reports.

Published 3 September 2019

Government departments at risk of fines over data-sharing agreement

The Department of Social Protection and the Department of Public Expenditure could be liable for fines under the GDPR over confusion about who controls the database underpinning the Public Services Card (PSC).

Published 27 August 2019

Landmark report on Public Services Card to go unpublished for another week

The Data Protection Commission's landmark report on the Public Services Card (PSC) will not be published for at least another week.

Published 23 August 2019

Government criticised for pushing ahead with PSC scheme a year after interim DPC report

Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the Government for pushing ahead with the roll-out of the Public Services Card (PSC) despite receiving a critical interim report from the Data Protection Commission (DPC) over a year ago.

Published 22 August 2019

Doubt cast on whether Public Services Card can be fixed through legislation

Lawyers and opposition politicians have cast doubt on whether the flaws in the Public Services Card (PSC) scheme can be fixed through legislation.

Published 19 August 2019

Watchdog finds no legal basis for use of Public Services Card across public services

There is no legal basis for requiring the Public Services Card (PSC) to access many public services which now require it, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has ruled.

Published 16 August 2019

Public bodies with right to use PSC say it doesn't benefit them

A significant number of public bodies who have a right under legislation to use the controversial Public Services Card (PSC) have said it does not benefit them, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 19 July 2019

Laura Keogh: The compatibility of the Public Services Card with the EU GDPR

Barrister Laura L. Keogh, author of Data Protection Compliance: A Guide to GDPR and Irish Data Protection Law, writes for Irish Legal News on the Public Services Card (PSC) - which contains an individual's name, signature, PPS number, card number and facial image - and its compatibility with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Published 7 March 2019